New market offers the whole foodie experience

Next Wednesday's opening of the Whole Foods Market in the Dr. Phillips area marks a turning point in the local foodie experience. Full Story
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Whole Foodie Fan

Ocala, FL

#1 Jun 19, 2008
What a wonderful concept. It's sad we don't have more of these stores in our area of S.W. Volusia county. There is currently a large building on 17/92 in DeBary that was built, for, as I understand a large furniture store and has never been occupied. It would be a wonderful locaton for a story like this. Plenty of parking, and easy access.
concern in cocoa

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#3 Jun 19, 2008
This health stuff will keep us baby boomers healthy enough to work til we are 70.
Head Hunter

Orlando, FL

#4 Jun 19, 2008
I am surprised the Sentinel didn't push for the government to take over this operation because the prices are to high.
please

Altamonte Springs, FL

#5 Jun 19, 2008
There is a small, overcrowed Whole Foods store in Winter Park. The products are unique but the prices are outrageous. Gas is too expensive to be paying 14.99 a pound for chicken breast.
Korin

Oviedo, FL

#6 Jun 19, 2008
Hooray! Now if only I could afford to shop there.
Liberals Hate Lies

Longwood, FL

#7 Jun 19, 2008
Just go to eat at the cafe...it is moderately priced and very good. I couldn't care less about food stores or more consumerism but I was pretty awestruck when I visited the store in Austin last year. I am also hoping alone with not having to hear Spanish that I also don't have to listen to suburban housewives rattle on about their Dr. husbands either.
myeye

Deltona, FL

#8 Jun 19, 2008
dear rich people please send some money
the middle class would like to shop there
Pooh Bah

Shreveport, LA

#9 Jun 19, 2008
My heart sings with joy to learn that the Dr. Phillips area is well fed.
please

Altamonte Springs, FL

#10 Jun 19, 2008
Liberals Hate Lies wrote:
I also don't have to listen to suburban housewives rattle on about their Dr. husbands either.
Trust me, you will, just stick to your local Winn Dixie or Bravo supermarket
please

Altamonte Springs, FL

#11 Jun 19, 2008
If you shop there, be prepared to pay at least 120% more than what you would for food at Publix, even if you are buying their store brand, 365. Go only if you are looking for a particular ingredient or for the wine shope.
King Whitee

Longwood, FL

#12 Jun 19, 2008
I just LOVE the hypocrisy of Whole Foods they pander to the eco, green, hippie, socialist nuts yet they overcharge for products because of some stupid "green" label they slap on the package.

And all the anti capitalist nut jobs gladly pay their inflated prices.

Whole food is the new PT Barnum
Gourmet Shoppe

Winter Park, FL

#13 Jun 19, 2008
...and yet just another large chain store trying to put small businesses like myself OUT of business!
Southwest Orange

Boston, MA

#15 Jun 19, 2008
Pooh Bah wrote:
My heart sings with joy to learn that the Dr. Phillips area is well fed.
We eat just fine without them and the traffic that store is going to create at an already busy intersection.
Downtowner

United States

#16 Jun 19, 2008
Haters, Haters everywhere...It's just a grocery store. Relax.
Just Sayin

Orlando, FL

#17 Jun 19, 2008
Do they a bank inside where you can get a micro loan to shop there? Cuz with their prices, you'll need it!!

Good stuff, but waaaayy overpriced.
CONCERNED TITAN

AOL

#18 Jun 19, 2008
Manhattan Beach has a new "super" Whole Foods like this one and it is a flop. It's staffed with people that don't know the difference between catfish and catfood. The place is overloaded with perishables that seem to age before your eyes. There is just too much. Chocolates in 5 different locations, bathrobes and sandles, a truck load of grapes. It isn't catching on like the smaller store did in Redondo Brach. Wait until Publix retools the Albertson's they just bought on DP Blvd and make it a GREEN store.
orlando

Palm Bay, FL

#19 Jun 19, 2008
I shop at the one in W.P. and the prices for meat are definitely higher, but it's nice to get meat that is steroid free and hormone free. The seafood selection is also outstanding. I only get what I need and I've found I at checkout I pay the same as I did when I shopped at a regular store because I don't get sidetracked with junk food and other items that I can actually do without.

Tho, if I were shopping for a family of five, it would be more difficult. And if you are a label reader you still have to be careful with some of their items.
Albuquerque Turkey

United States

#20 Jun 19, 2008
CONCERNED TITAN wrote:
Manhattan Beach has a new "super" Whole Foods like this one and it is a flop. It's staffed with people that don't know the difference between catfish and catfood. The place is overloaded with perishables that seem to age before your eyes. There is just too much. Chocolates in 5 different locations, bathrobes and sandles, a truck load of grapes. It isn't catching on like the smaller store did in Redondo Brach. Wait until Publix retools the Albertson's they just bought on DP Blvd and make it a GREEN store.
No kidding! And I hope that the Albertson's that Publix bought in Winter Park Village is retooled, too-- that would make our occasional trips to the Whole Foods on Aloma needless. I love Publix, I really do. I've been shopping for decades there, and I love it love it love it.
New to Orlando

Orlando, FL

#21 Jun 19, 2008
I have been amazed at the lack of variety in Orlando, and seeing a second Whole Foods in Central Florida is great! I beg to differ with some of the comments above regarding prices - the perishibles are prices at approximately the same price as Publix. Last weekend, I purchased olive oil and some cheeses at the Whole Foods in Winter Park - the prices were equal to those at Publix, if not lower. The proteins are deerer, but the product is of higher quality. The produce section is always packed with a great variety of products, and the butcher is there to talk to you and help you whenever you need the help. Whole Foods is in many ways what Publix is marketing itself to be, but with even more variety. If you don't care to have wholesome milk, or eat beef that was not forced to be carnivorous, then go shop at your local WalMart that employs the illegals that you all loath so much. As for the local businesses - I have never seen anyone shop at the local, independent stores. Their products are VERY overpriced, and generally, old. Personally, I welcome this change, and hope that another one opens up in Lake Nona. As a result of this diversity, there will be more variety for all of us, even for those who think that this is too "posh" and aren't willing to try anything new. It's just easier being a hater I guess.

“I hate those guys.”

Since: Feb 08

Faber College

#22 Jun 19, 2008
Nice free ad by the Slantinel for a completely overpriced food store, isn't it?

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